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Griffith Stadium from the air in 1960 (Wikipedia)

Griffith Stadium Meets the Wrecking Ball

The site of so many wonderful baseball and football memories, Griffith Stadium, had its life ended by the brutal swings of a wrecking ball in 1965. The hapless doormat of the American League, the Washington Senators stopped playing in there after the 1961 season, after which, the days were numbered.

"Full size mockup of partial Metro station 1968" from Harry Weese Associates' 1994 book describing Metro's early plans.

Metro’s 17-Foot Long “Experimental Station” in 1968

WMATA spent $69,000 for the sample station in May 1968.  After just a few weeks of construction, it measured 64 feet in width, 30 feet in height, and just 17 feet in length.  It marked a key milestone in the capital subway project – a massive planning and engineering effort that started in the 1950s.

Proposed design for the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Could Have Looked Like This

The Kennedy Center could have looked a bit like the Watergate does today with this very curvy design proposal. This drawing was done by Edward Durell Stone, the architect who would design the final building.

Mid-1960s Vision for Washington’s Metro System

The proposals were published to convince transit officials that the 19-mile system authorized by Congress within the city – part of a 25-mile network extending into the suburbs -would be inadequate by 1985.

Map of Washington Subdivisions in 1961

This is a great old map of the Washington area from 1961 showing all the real estate developments as featured by The Washington Post. We transcribed all 57 neighborhoods and their brief descriptions below. It’s quaint to read all the

1963 Map of D.C. Public Housing

Here is an interesting map we found on the D.C. public library’s website. It’s a map of the National Capital Housing Authority’s public housing in the District back in 1963. Source: Dig DC If you haven’t yet donated to the

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